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Anyone tried an eSATA expresscard (successfully)?
I'm looking for options for how to increase myagregated disk bandwidth
in a laptop. Well, for all purposes this is a server, except that I
got a laptop instead as I need to bring it along when travelling.
Downside to laptop-as-server today is a noticable absence of SATA
extra ports or other high speed / cheap disk attachments.
USB or FW400 is of course available, but way slower than the built in
SATA disk. And then I suddenly noticed that eSATA expresscard thingies
are beginning to appear (Belkin has one, as does someone called
"LYCOM" as well as "SUNIX"), and that ought to be excactly what I want.
Has anyone ever tried one of these? Is there any hope of this "just
working" because we support a bunch of SATA controllers and the rest
is just PCI-Express?
PS. Yes, I know that I can get PC-Card SCSI solution, but that's much
more expensive and also precludes host-powered operation (as I know of
no 2.5 inch SCSI disks, regardless of price). And while SCSI might
have been the only option a few years ago, eSATA really sounds like
the right answer today.
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